Victor Osimhen, the standout player for the Nigeria Super Eagles, has earned a spot on ‘The Best’ Award shortlist, and FIFA has taken fans on a journey back to the beginnings of his remarkable journey.
Victor Osimhen, a hero for SSC Napoli, continues to earn admiration for his exceptional performance, with FIFA being the latest to celebrate the achievements of the Nigerian forward.
Osimhen’s outstanding contributions during the 2022/2023 season helped lead Napoli to the Serie A title, a triumph they hadn’t achieved in 33 years.
The 24-year-old has now been nominated for the prestigious 2023 FIFA The Best Award, another feather in the cap of the Nigeria Super Eagles’ striker.
Osimhen’s remarkable 2022/2023 campaign will be etched in history, as he played a pivotal role in Napoli’s Serie A victory, scoring 26 goals along the way. His stellar performance also made him the first African to be crowned the best striker in Serie A history.
Victor Osimhen’s prowess has continued into the current season, earning him nominations not only for The Best but also for the Ballon d’Or.
FIFA, recognizing his exceptional performance for both club and country, has included him among the top 12 footballers in the world. Osimhen will be vying for the coveted award against football luminaries like Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, and Kylian Mbappe.
In celebration of his nomination, FIFA has shared a throwback video of Osimhen from his youth international days representing Nigeria. The video captures a young Osimhen deftly maneuvering past the Croatian goalkeeper and defenders before calmly slotting the ball into an empty net. The footage has ignited reactions from Nigerians and football enthusiasts worldwide, celebrating the journey of this remarkable talent.
🇳🇬🥶 @VictorOsimhen9, causing problems for defenses since 2015. #TheBest | @NGSuperEagles
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The consensus is clear: Victor Osimhen is not just one of the greatest strikers globally, but he has maintained remarkable consistency for nearly a decade. Many anticipate that he will be the next African Footballer of the Year and the first Nigerian to win the award since the legendary Kanu in 1999.